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The Safety in Action Conference

The Safety in Action Conference is a two-day, high profile conference for Safety leaders.

9–10 October 2018 | Sydney Showground

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The Safety in Action Conference is a two-day, high profile conference for Safety leaders. As the premier conference of the year, the Safety in Action Conference brings together Safety leaders in the health and safety profession, to encourage global involvement and networking across the two days. Over 700 delegates have attended the conference in the last two years to hear from regulators, thought-leaders and International keynotes who are making a difference in safety culture. This year’s program will explore key Health & Safety topics, by linking Safety Strategy, Leadership and Culture.

Running concurrently with the Workplace Wellness and Return to Work Conference, and in adjacent rooms, you will be able to switch sessions and plan a track to suit your requirements.

To receive updates on the conference, register your interest and we will notify you of updates as they happen.

Co-located with the three conferences is the Safety in Action Trade show, Australia’s leading occupational health and safety event. The Safety in Action Show is trade only event and is free to attend. Find out more here




8:00 am

Registration and welcome coffee

8:50 am

WELCOME | Opening remarks from the Chairperson

Professor Clive Smallman, Managing Director, QDA Pty Ltd


9:00 am

  • Using safety culture to achieve organisational excellence
  • Why WHS is integral to the way we do business
  • Creating safe work culture to boost productivity

9:20 am

  • Overview of health and safety standards: ISO, AS/NZS and OHSAS
  • The new ISO 45001:2018 health and safety standard
  • An international safety standard and the consultation process

9:40 am

  • The History of ISO45001
  • ISO45001 Overview and Structure
  • What is new! Gap between ISO45001:2018 and AS/NZ4801:2001
  • ISO45001 in the Australian Context

10:00 am

Networking and Morning Refreshment Break


10:30 am

  • Identifying your safety site restraintsIdentifying your safety site restraints
  • Outlining the strategies for utilising in house talents and acknowledgements
  • Demonstrating the importance of overcoming resource obstacles

10:50 am

Have you ever thought “how come my safety message isn’t getting through”, or “am I speaking the right language”? This interactive active session will introduce you to a different way of identifying what it is that your employees value about safety, and how you can then develop contemporary approaches to embed a WHS strategy, communicate effectively, and improve health and safety outcomes. Hear some insights from the Probuild Building Safety Greatness Program and how this was the catalyst for a company wide cultural change.

11:10 am

  • Building a sustainable safety culture
  • Embracing proactive cultural change
  • Ensuring diversity and inclusion of all workers

11:30 am

There has been a heightened awareness regarding inappropriate sexual harassment in the workplace as a result of serious allegations made against Harvey Weinstein and the #metoo campaign ignited. Abraham Ash, Partner at Clayton Utz, will discuss the key issues that should be considered from a legal and ethical perspective when an allegation of serious misconduct is made in the workplace. Abraham will discuss:

  • Workplace relationshipsWorkplace relationships
  • Conduct at work functions and trips
  • How you can effectively manage your risk as an employer with respect to this kind of conduct

12:00 pm

Lunch and Safety in Action Exhibition Viewing


1:30 pm

  • Enabling early identification of health and safety risks
  • SWMS, risk assessment and hazard identification
  • Identifying risk and effective control measures

1:50 pm

  • Measuring risk minimisation and safety performance
  • KPIs to measure indicators of safety performance
  • Utilising lead indicators for continual improvement

2:10 pm

  • Operational and facility management considerations
  • Regulatory requirements and Penalties for failure to comply
  • Emergency and evacuation plans / procedures

2:30 pm

  • Australia Post Group have implemented a program to involve senior leaders in the investigations of serious safety incidents  Australia Post Group have implemented a program to involve senior leaders in the investigations of serious safety incidents
  • This case study will look at the implementation, learnings and benefits of this program

2:50 pm

Networking and Afternoon Tea


3:20 pm

  • Update on WHS Roadmap for NSW 2022
  • Changes to the existing regulatory approach
  • Improving work health and safety in NSW

3:40 pm

  • Development of the OHS Body of Knowledge for Generalist OHS Professionals (OHS BoK)
  • Global OHS Professional Capability Framework
  • Consistency in WHS certification

4:00 pm

Megatrends are powerful forces for change that can push entire industries and economies into radically different futures. New digital technologies, demographic changes, continued integration of the global economy and environmental change are among many powerful forces reshaping the workforce, available jobs and required skills. This session will present findings from a recent strategic foresight study on the future of asbestos-related work with implications for exposure risk.

4:20 pm

Closing Remarks from the Chairperson

4:30 pm

Networking Drinks

8:00 am

Registration and Welcome Coffee

8:50 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chairperson

Adrian Black, Australian HSEQ Director, Cape - Australia


9:00 am

  • Exploring the safety cultural dynamics of large organisations
  • Knowing the impact of organisational structure on safe work
  • Overcoming resistance to WHS issues in the workplace

9:20 am

  • What’s on the mind of your leaders?
  • A framework you can use to effectively manage safety?
  • Measuring performance, and why LTIs can be a great indicator
  • Managing mental health so you don’t stress out

9:40 am

  • Understanding the nature of a safety and wellbeing culture
  • How to achieve a true culture of safety and wellbeing?
  • The impact of safety climate in the work environment
  • Utility of existing Measurements and Performance Indicators

10:00 am

Networking and Morning Refreshment Break


10:30 am

  • Design and implementation of WHS policy and procedures
  • Implementing innovation to enhance safety culture
  • Avoidable incidents and human factors in safety

10:50 am

  • Understanding how our brain introduces additional hazards
  • How we can use that information to drive reliability in safety

11:10 am

  • How to foster an accountable approach to safety across your organisation that is driven from the operators and site employees themselves
  • Why processes and procedures on their own are not enough

11:30 am

  • Why focusing on reducing hazardous manual tasks alone may not lead to reductions in MSDs
  • Evidence highlighting the contribution of workplace psychosocial hazards to the development of workplace MSDs
  • How implementation of an effective risk management program requires strong leadership and workforce engagement from front line workers through to senior management to ensure all hazards that contribute to MSD’s are identified, assessed and controlled

11:50 am

DISCUSSION | Q&A session

12:00 pm

Lunch and Safety in Action Exhibition Viewing


1:30 pm

  • How safety leadership can boost workforce engagement
  • Building trust with the frontline workforce

1:50 pm

With so many developments in WHS theory (e.g. FRAM, Safety II) and the ongoing modernisation of the safety profession as an industry, we live in an age where the tools, processes and even the language used have become highly technical and specialised. This presentation will explore
the idea that modern health and safety leaders need to consider applying the KISS maxim – Keep it simple, Stupid Sean!

2:10 pm

  • Explore the unique role leadership plays in driving safety culture
  • Leaders’ safety leadership, with insights from a large-scale research study
  • Learn where leaders are doing well, and where there are clear opportunities to build specific capabilities
  • Explore key opportunities for leaders to shift their safety culture

2:30 pm

  • How do you distil down the range of available information into clear and concise critical messages for busy directors?
  • Development of a WHS report model to ensure WHS due diligence is measured, communicated, understood

2:50 pm

Networking and Afternoon Tea


3:20 pm

  • Increasing complexity in WHS regulations
  • Managing contractor and third-party interactions
  • Recent trends in safety leadership, and enforcement

4:20 pm

CLOSING | Closing Remarks from the Chairperson

4:30 pm

End of Conference


Safety in Action Conference

  • Standard rate $1,595 + GST // From 1 July 2018


2017 Interviews

Co-Located Conferences

Presented by Safety in Action

With the three conferences running in adjacent rooms, you will be able to switch sessions and plan a track to suit your requirements.

4th Annual Workplace Wellness Conference

This year’s program will hear from industry leaders identifying strategies to enhance the mental and physical wellbeing and productivity of the Australian workforce. From state initiatives to stress management and promoting healthier lifestyles, this conference will focus on the best-practice case studies in Mental Health & Wellbeing. Find out more here

The Return to Work Conference

All employers are required under workplace health and safety laws to have in place policies and plans for the return to work of injured workers. The Return to Work Conference will look into the best practice strategies that support employees through the process of rehabilitation and manages their return to the workplace in a timely and safe manner. Find out more here

Safety in Action Tradeshow

The three conferences are held concurrently with the Safety in Action Show. The Safety in Action Tradeshow is Australia’s leading Occupational Health and Safety event dedicated to the safety, security and well-being of the Australian workforce. Thousands of OH&S professionals across the industry have visited Safety in Action to discover new solutions to help them achieve their goals in creating safer workplaces.

Engage in three dedicated safety zones, network with over 120 exhibitors, learn from industry experts during free safety seminars, source the latest innovative products and services and get involved in the interactive opportunities the Show has to offer. A must-attend for every OH&S professional. Safety in Action is trade only event and is free to attend. For more information, visit the Safety in Action Show website. For more information, visit the Safety in Action Show website.

Watch the 2017 Highlights Video

Supporting Partner


Professor Clive Smallman

Managing Director, QDA Pty Ltd

Mark Goodsell

Director, Australian Industry Group NSW

Catherine Dunkerley

Senior Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Standards Australia

David Solomon

Executive Officer Safety & Risk, Master Builders Association of NSW

Paulo Gomes

Regional Senior Safety Advisor, Otraco International (Downer MEI)

Sarah Cuscadden

Group HSE Manager, Probuild and Jen Jackson, Director, Jaxzyn

Lisa McKeown

HS&E Strategy, Best Practice and Programme Manager, Laing O'Rourke

Abraham Ash

Partner, Clayton Utz

Paul Breslin

OHS&E Manager, Construction + Development, Multiplex

Peter Abrahams

National Operational Excellence Manager, Caltex

Jeremy Stevenson

HSE Manager, Saunders International

Tanja Watson

Manager Safety Program & Investigations, Australia Post

Elizabeth Tosti

Director, Metropolitan Operations & Sector Initiatives, SafeWork NSW

Pam Pryor AO

Manager OHS BoK Development, Safety Institute of Australia

George Quezada

Research Scientist, Strategic Insights, DATA61 (CSIRO)

Adrian Black

Australian HSEQ Director, Cape - Australia

Troy Pearl

National WHS Manager, Vision Australia

Dylan Smith

Senior Health Safety and Security Advisor, NewsCorp Australia

Matt Kemp

WHS Consultant, The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory

Julieann Cother

Corporate WHS Manager, Sanitarium

Robert Wentzel

Founding Director, Jonah Group

Deborah Keep

Chief Executive Officer,

Matthew Forner

Onsite Services Manager, Axis Rehabilitation

Christine Edwards

HSE Strategy & Systems, Endeavour Energy

Sean Faulkner

Manager, WHS & Risk, City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters

Ben Carnell

Principal Consultant, Sentis

Liz Nicol

Principal Consultant, SafetyWorks

Steve Bell

Partner: OSH, Herbert Smith Freehills

Keith McMahon

Driver Trainer/Train Driver, Sydney Trains and WHS Safety Officer for the Locomotive Division NSW, Rail, Tram & Bus Union (RBTU)

Kerry Walker

Principal Consultant, SafetyWorks

Jessica Doyle

Senior WHS Consultant, SafetyWorks

when & where

09 - 10 Oct 2018

Sydney Showground
1 Showground Road
Sydney Olympic Park
NSW 2127

Book Accommodation with Lido Group

For your convenience Lido Group will manage your accommodation needs. Click here or call 02 8585 0808.


Still have a question?

Leah Dansie
Conference Producer
02 9080 4109

Josko Kazija
Sponsorship Manager
02 9080 4143

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